Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand
A Novel

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 5 Critic Reviews



"Startling, unclassifiable. . . Full of mysteries — all originating in its characters’ troubled psyches — and full of terrors that can’t be explained."—New York Times

Praise for Elizabeth Hand’s previous novels:

“Inhabits a world between reason and insanity—it’s a delightful waking dream.”—People

“One of the most sheerly impressive, not to mention overwhelmingly beautiful books I have read in a long time.”—Peter Straub

Cass Neary made her name in the 1970s as a photographer embedded in the burgeoning punk movement in New York City. Her pictures of the musicians and hangers on, the infamous, the damned, and the dead, got her into art galleries and a book deal. But thirty years later she is adrift, on her way down, and almost out. Then an old acquaintance sends her on a mercy gig to interview a famously reclusive photographer who lives on an island in Maine. When she arrives Downeast, Cass stumbles across a decades-old mystery that is still claiming victims, and into one final shot at redemption.

Elizabeth Hand grew up in New York State. In 1975 she moved to Washington, DC, to study playwriting at Catholic University. After seeing Patti Smith perform, Hand flunked out and became involved in the DC and New York City nascent punk scenes. From 1979 to 1986 she worked at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum; she returned to university to study cultural anthropology, and received her BA in 1985. The author of seven previous novels and the recipient of a Maine Arts Commission and an NEA Fellowship, she is a regular contributor to The Washington Post Book World. Hand lives with her family on the Maine coast.


About Elizabeth Hand

See more books from this Author
Elizabeth Hand is the Nebula and World Fantasy Award-winning author of twelve novels and three short-story collections, including the popular novelMortal Love. With an established fan base, Hand writes lyrically rich and always beautifully rendered prose. The guest of honor at the 2009 ReaderCon, Hand also writes a regular review column forThe Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fictionand book reviews forThe Washington Post.
Published April 1, 2008 by Small Beer Press. 308 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography, Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Generation Loss

BC Books

See more reviews from this publication

How Cass Neary, the protagonist of Elizabeth Hand’s latest novel Generation Loss, has stayed alive this long is anyone’s guess.

May 14 2007 | Read Full Review of Generation Loss: A Novel

Entertainment Weekly

Thirty years ago, Cassandra Neary's grim photos of punks and corpses briefly made her the toast of the downtown art scene.

Mar 30 2007 | Read Full Review of Generation Loss: A Novel

Reviewing the Evidence

But Cass stays and the old woman alternately shows her old pictures or yells at her to leave because she does not know who Cass is.

| Read Full Review of Generation Loss: A Novel

Fantasy Literature

Elizabeth Hand successfully conjures the ‘70s punk scene — something of which I’m ignorant yet, when Hand writes about it, it not only sounds authentic but actually feels familiar.

| Read Full Review of Generation Loss: A Novel

Bookmarks Magazine

Hand: Well, I'll be doing some touring and readings for this book, and I hope to record the entire novel as a podcast/audio book--I'm very excited to be performing again.

Oct 26 2008 | Read Full Review of Generation Loss: A Novel

Reader Rating for Generation Loss

An aggregated and normalized score based on 43 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review